Grace, God’s Power at Work – My Daily Bread!
The power to savor the beauty of Christ is taken from the words of the Apostle Paul found in 2 Corinthians 2: 12: 9, NIV, which reads:
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’”.
I marvel at the Lord’s response to Paul’s request to remove what the Bible describes as a ‘thorn of the flesh”. We do not know what Paul’s thorn of the flesh was because it is never mentioned in the Word. However it is believed to have been some form of physical affliction that may have interfered with his doing God’s will, i.e. some sort of chronic debilitating sickness.
Not wanting to be a ‘have not because you ask not’ Christian, Paul took it to the Lord in prayer; for we are told that he pleaded with the Lord on at least three occasions to take it away from him and the passage above is the Lord’s reply. It seems to me that the Lord was testing his humility at the same time the devil choose to use this test to torment Paul through his affliction; to tempt him to sin against God. Verse 7 tells us: “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”
Oftentimes Satan does the same thing with us, while God is refining us and testing our hearts to work out His will in our lives; our own personal spiritual tune up so to speak, to align our spirit with His; Satan shows up intent on bringing to bear all the matters of our flesh and sinful nature; including our old creature and old hurts that God has already freed us from, all for one purpose – to get us focused on ourselves and away from God and His will for us.
Satan hates the grace of God because (1) it is the power by which we are saved and (2) because he can do nothing to prevent the blessings that accrue to us because of it, that overflow to our daily lives if we stay focused on God. So His only trick is to keep us focused on ourselves. But God reminds us that He is our total and complete sufficiency. That no matter the situation, His grace is our covering!
He shifts Paul’s and our attention to the working of HIS PERFECT POWER in our lives, for it is through God’s power that we persevere. What God is telling us is that we still need to concentrate on being effective for Him in all circumstances; but especially when we feel weak, because in our weakness, we can draw courage from His strength and others will see the Lord glorified in your life – and perhaps believe!
So when you are weak Saints, remember the awesomeness of God’s grace and look beyond yourself to Him who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to HIS POWER that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen! (Ephesians 3: 20-21, NIV)
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